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The Historian Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Elizabeth Kostova · 2 Read & download Summary The Historian To you perceptive reader I beueath my historyLate one night exploring her father's library a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters The letters are all addressed to My dear and unfortunate successor and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of historyThe letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known and to a centuries long uest to find the source of that darkne. This has got to be one of the most disappointing books I ve read in a long time Although the descriptions of the various eastern European cities are often pretty and atmospheric my frustration with this book won t let me mark it above one starIt starts out well very interesting and suspenseful for about the first 100 pages or so But as you read it the book just gets and ridiculous It s about 600 900 pages long which is way way too long and I urge anyone reading this book to just put it down or read one of the one star spoiler reviews on and be done with it Or better yet ignore the book entirelyWhat bothered me most I ll try to make a list of my top issues Coincidences Everything in this book happens by some remarkable coincidences One here or there would be fine even interesting but it s as if the author decided here s how the plot should go and couldn t be bothered to come up with realistic reasons for characters to do things and just wanted to move them from one point to another One of the characters even ends up with amnesia Amnesia Like from a bad soap opera I mean are you kidding So stuff just happens For no reason Which leads me to Stuff just happens For no reason Such as characters getting together romantically well just because No build up no logic they just do because I guess they re both there and they have nothing better to do Which leads me to The characters themselves Completely non existent One reviewer on said that if you take any random section of dialogue from the book it is impossible to tell which character it came from So true The author is completely incapable of creating realistic breathing characters that are different from each other Instead they all talk the same they all have the same reactions the same motives hook up randomly in the same way etc There is nothing believable about these people And for some reason they all write unbelievably detailed letters Which leads me to Unbelievably detailed letters Now I have read a number of great books that use the format of letter writing to convey the plot But this Ridiculous Not only are these letters insanely long but they are insanely detailed as well creating yet another reason why the book and the characters are completely unbelievable If that s how the author wanted to write this why did she do the letter thing at all Which brings me to my final big gripe I ve leaving the small ones out The ending OMG if you value your sanity do not I repeat DO NOT finish this book Because if you are sane you will get to the ending and go What What Are you f n kidding me That s the stupidest thing I ve ever heard No joke The ending especially after 600 pages has got to be the biggest let down of any major novel in recent years I won t spoil it here however badly I want to vent about it but I swear to you it will cause you physical agony when you read itIn short bad book promises a lot and delivers none of it Ignore it read something else

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The Historian Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Elizabeth Kostova · 2 Read & download Summary The Historian Rld Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed and that he has lived on century after century pursuing his own unknowable ends The answers to these uestions cross time and borders as first the father and then the daughter search for clues from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul Budapest and the depths of Eastern Europe In city after city in monasteries and archives in letters and in secret conversations the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign and about a time defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the age. 5 Stars Favorite Book EverI read this for the first time back in college I found it in Bargain Books at Barnes and Noble and once I opened it I was hooked What was most intriguing was the Note to the Reader section I sat there literally arguing with myself about whether or not this was fiction or an actual history book Does the author not understand that she s writing fiction Wait does she think this story is real I needed to find out so I kept reading 600 pages later I am absolutely convinced that this story is real This book became the gift that I gave to everyone for whatever event called for a gift I gave a copy to my mother in law and she loved it We re talking about the lady who had never read a single book that even mentioned a vampire in her life It became a sign of rebellion for her that she reveled in Whenever her uptight friends came over she made sure to display The Historian to prove how cool she was And I haven t even started talking about the story yetI try to read this book once every year And in between readings I crave the story like no other Adventure intrigue horror culture history everything is in this book I learn something new every time I read it This year I read it while we were on our cruise I finished it in 3 days I recommend this to everyone I don t care what kind of book you enjoy reading everyone will love this bookI wrote a review for The Historian a while ago and when I went back to read it over again I realized just how incomplete it was Nothing has changed since I wrote the review it s still my favorite book I still start longing to read it again before my year is over it still holds me enthralled while I read it yet again In fact this year s reading meant a little because I was reading it while on a train traveling through Italy and I saw some of the places mentioned in the book I sat in Saint Marco s Suare at Florian s drinking a rich thick hot chocolateIt still amazes me that a work of fiction can sound so much like history and that I want to believe it all really happened Kostova has such a wonderful way of telling stories and then intertwining history and fact making everything feel so realistic and authentic like you re living all the action I ve added traveling through the Balkans by train in the autumn and Budapest and Romania to my list of places that I want to see The characters are so real that you feel like you ve made new friends when you finish when I say to Ivan that I want to visit Istanbul part of the reason is because I expect to meet Turgut and have him invite us to his house for lunch You root for them on their search for the Count and the anticipation of what s gonna happen next glides you through page after pageMy historian soul has so much fun year after year discovering details and reveling in the search and research And this book even satisfies my scare addiction There are times that it s just creepy enough to give a shudder but not enough to make you put the book down in fright Are y all impressed with how professional I sound in this review Ha And a huge shout out to Elizabeth Kostova for being such a kind and gracious person I went to her book signing in the spring and she acted genuinely happy to see me I geeked out all over her and her response was to buy me a copy of her newest book The Shadow Land I ve met authors who act like they couldn t care less about their fans she is not one of them This book sparked my imagination in such a way that has me coming back to it over and over again year after year

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The Historian Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Elizabeth Kostova · 2 Read & download Summary The Historian Ss and wipe it out It is a uest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula Generations of historians have risked their reputations their sanity and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this uest herself to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern wo. This is actually the second time I ve read this book For a first novel it is outstanding I was completely engrossed in the story I really love history and the whole Dracula lore I thought it was a great mix of both It added a lot of suspense that made me read it with the lights on I think I read it in about four days I just couldn t put it down I will say this though if you are not really into history or researching I would skip it If you are wanting to read it just because it has to do with Dracula I would pick a much smaller book However I just love history and research duh I work in a library so it was right up my alley Actually I m doing a little research on it myself I did read some of the comments on com and wasn t exactly surprised by the comments It was either a love it or hate it book That is why I throw my caution out there Basically people who didn t enjoy it were out for a Dracula story and thought the history was a drag I m really into history so I thought it was pretty damn good I will say I did discover a few historical inaccuracies but I think I ll let them fly for now All in all a good read especially for a rainy day Le Cycle de Cyann T6 - Les Aubes douces d'Aldalarann exactly surprised by the comments It was Le Cycle de Cyann T5 - Les Couloirs de l'Entretemps either a love it or hate it book That is why I throw my caution out there Basically people who didn t Le Cycle de Cyann T4 - Les Couleurs de Marcade enjoy it were out for a Dracula story and thought the history was a drag I m really into history so I thought it was pretty damn good I will say I did discover a few historical inaccuracies but I think I ll let them fly for now All in all a good read Le Cycle de Cyann T1 - La Source et la sonde especially for a rainy day